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a frigid friday. traffic trouble. we'll check in on that signal change that caused some major backups. >> investigators releasing new information about this howard university student and the four other virginia men arrested in pakistan. they say the men were on a mission to kill. good morning, everyone. welcome to "news4 today", i'm barbara harrison. >> good morning to you, i'm joe krebs. take a live look outside. this is what cold looks like. 26 degrees out there this morning. it is frigid. kind of windy too. it doesn't help things. makes it colder. >> does make it colder. feels more like february. >> that wind will cut right through if you're not wearing a wind breaker and several layers. those cold winds have ushered in the chill.
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not as cold as in the upper midwest. below zero there. we're tapping that cold air. low and mid-20s. 26 in washington. latest wind gusts are around 20 to 25. wind chill down in the teens and full single digits wind chills. that's what the air feels like when you step outside. temperatures out of the mountains in the mid-teens. eastern shore, the upper 20s. and over the last six hours had clear skies, few clouds streaking over the northern neck. lots of sun today. winds blustery throughout the day. highs reaching to mid-to-upper 30s. temperatures will plunge into the teens to just near 20 on saturday morning. off to a clear start during the morning hours but clouding up in the afternoon with highs near 40. sunday morning maybe snow and sleet and changing to rain during the afternoon with a high around 40 degrees. milder on monday. >> take a live look along i-95 corridor, northbound out of lorton, newington, springfield
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so far things moving nicely. maryland, take a look at the beltway. college park to silver bring bethese darks moving along very nicely. barbara and joe back to you. commuters are holding their breath today hoping today they will have a better ride into northeast washington. >> that's right. that's where a new traffic signal has caused some backups on new york avenue at bladensburg road. that's where tracee wilkins joins us live with more on how vdot is trying to fix the problem. >> reporter: good morning. they did fix the problem and they are hoping that maybe now it's going to be a smoother ride for commuters. but i don't know if you all ever noticed there were 14 lanes of traffic that converge here at bladensburg and new york avenue and some folks noticed yesterday some issues starting here at the bladensburg light. they had a backup here that affected 50 and gw parkway.
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they changed the timing of the signals to allow pedestrians more time to cross the street. despite the 40 mile-per-hour speed limit lots of cars come through here going 50 plus, cars, trucks, a lot of people. but allowing more time for pedestrians meant less time for commuters and also some severe backups yesterday for earlier parts of the week. so yesterday vdot changed the timing back to what it was. now they are saying giving time for pedestrians is something that they are going to have to do. that time has to come from somewhere. for now commuters shouldn't have any issue. back to you. good news for commuters caught in a bad traffic delay on the outer loop yesterday. everything is clear now in prince george's county. a lumber truck tipped offer spilling wood across the area north of pennsylvania avenue in prince george's county.
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it happened right in the middle of the evening rush hour and created big delays for several hours. the truck's driver was not injured. another logjam this one quite literal made for a rough commute for people who take white's ferry. last night a large log blocked the ferry during the evening rush hour. firefighters say that's not particularly unusual. eventually that log was dislodged and the ferry was able to make to it the shore. no one was injured. we're learning more about the five men from our area arrested in pakistan after being questioned by pakistani officials. it turns out the men wanted to battle u.s. troops in afghanistan and die as martyrs. instigators say ramy zamzam a dental student was the ring leader. another one of the men -- we spoke with the leader of the region's largest mosque.
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he said if the five men were plotting against america they were not brainwashed in america. >> nothing that was taught at the mosque who have radicalized them. i don't believe anyone in our community led these young people to their radical -- at least -- ideas. >> officials believe men used youtube to exchange emails with someone in pakistan who offered to connect them with militants. they were turned away because they had no training or references. it's not clear whether the men will be tried in pakistan or deported. >> crisis counselors will spend a second dayn the woodbridge nova camp. students are still in shock after that shooting in a classroom. >> 20-year-old jason hamilton walked into a classroom on tuesday and fired two shots. he had just bought the rifle at dick's sporting goods. it jammed and no one was injured. hamilton was arrested and is
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being held without bond. police say he was upset about his grade in a math class. a shocking crime in landover. a grand father is dead after his own grandson shot him to death. the grandson then turned the gun on himself yesterday morning at kilmer street. officer found the two men after being asked to go by to check on the welfare of the older ban. the 23-year-old grandson survived the shooting but remains in critical condition. i work at night and i heard gun shots, and, you know, it woke me up because i heard sirens up and down the street for about 45 minutes to an hour ago. >> what do you make of this? >> just shocking. . investigators are not saying what the grandson's motive might have been. >> a teenager is charged in the brutal beating of a west virginia university student from northern virginia.
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20-year-old ryan diviney of ashburn was kicked and beaten by a grouch people outside of a convenience store off campus last month. he suffered brain-damage and remains hospitalized in a coma. morgan town police say austin vantrease from delaware was taken into custody yesterday and charged with malicious assault. police have issued an arrest warrant for a second man. our time right now is 5:07. 26 degrees. shots ring out in the heart of typewriter. >> gunfire scatters tourists. details of a crackdown that could improve your living space. put the heat on full blast if you're driving this morning. tom says it's the coldest day of the season so far.
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need a cotton, wool, fleece morning. frigid morning. temperatures down in the 20s. down 26 in washington. low 20s further west and north. upper 20s near t bay. winds gusting 20 to 25. wind chills down in the teens and even single digits further west and north. under a clear sky this morning we'll have lots of sunshine as we get going this morning into the early afternoo hours. maybe few clouds popping up and the winds will be blustery rohout the day. highs roechg to the mid-to-upper 30s. winds will diminish tonight. a sunny start tonight.
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snow and sleet sunday morning. changing to rain by the afternoon. warmer on monday. how is the traffic >> start in from the west along interstate 66 getting past fair oaks. clear dry road surfaces. no hang ups from haymarket. the rush hour kicking up a little bit coming in from bowie on route 50. gw parkway fine. wilson bridge, smooth sailing so far. barbara and joe back to you. we have some school delays. >> mineral county in west virginia opening two hours late and garrett county inaryland opening two hours late. mineral county in west virginia andarrett county in maryland. our time 11 minutes after 5:00. a bad guy targeting the good guys. where a local goodwill store was robbed not once but twice. plus the hidden benefits of a
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medication you may be taking right now. what drugs may help battle breast cancer. >> a deadly shootout sends tourists running in typewriter. why the
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. our time right now 5 lone 13. police say five men from our area who were arrested in pakistan had tried to contact militant groups there via youtube and other websites. they said the young muslim men wanted to battle u.s. troops in afghanistan and die as martyrs. the m believed to be the ring leader, ramy zamzam was a dental student at howard university. crisis counselors are spending the day at the woodbridge campus of nova university. powerful winter storm continues to affect much of the country claiming more than a dozen lives. residents in the upper midwest are dealing with bitter cold temperatures that feel like negative 25. in michigan more than 100,000 homes and businesses were
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without power. transportation officials hope today will be a smoother commute for drivers who take new york avenue. there were big delays after vdot installed a new pedestrian signal at bladensburg road in northeast. the green lights were shorter slowing down cars in the area. vdot workers say they are looking for the right signal timing. and a very scary scene in the middle of times square. an officer shot and killed a suspected panhandler who opened fire on the police officer using a machine gun. the shootout is thatered a window of a theater ticket box where the "lion king" is playing. police say the suspect had a powerful gun which had been stolen from somewhere in virginia. the suspect was a known scam artist who was also wanted on assault charges. no one else was injured during the shootout. this morning montgomery county police are investigating two armed robberies that happened at one goodwill store.
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located in the 600 block of south frederick avenue in g gaytherdburg. not clear whether the same suspect is sons sibl for both holdouts. >> new questions about government's use of contractors. private security guards from blackwater helpedarry out secret raids against suspected insurgents in iraq and afghanistan, the raids happened regularly between 2004 and 2006 when security in iraq was deteriorating. the paper says blackwater provided security on cia flights that transported detainees. a u.s. official said blackwater guards did provide security in war zones, but that blackwater did not perform cia missions. and a top al qaeda operative has been killed during a drone attack in western pakistan.
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the government has not named the target of the attack but we learned it is not osama bin laden or the second in command. from is coming back to washington carrying with him the nobel peace prize. his acceptance speech in norway surprised many because he defended america's right to wage war. moore has the sty. >> reporter: president obama nest nor iowa for washington early this morning. but not before thanking the nobel committee one last time. as i indicated before no one was more surprised than me. >> reporter: in presenting the peace prize the chief played down the president's credentials as a war time commander focusing on his power to you night. >> i told him afterwards that i thought it was an excel lent speech and i was almost convinced that i deserved it.
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>> reporter: the president raised eyebrows on both sides of the atlantic as he defended this nation's right to wage a just war. >> i face the world as it is and cannot stand idle in threats to the american people. >> reporter: the president is right on. you're making the case. >> fantastic speech. talking about the importance that america has in relaxing its position of leadership after eight years of previous administration. >> reporter: in norway, a tremendous outpouring of support for a peace prize winner who has some tough fights ahead back home. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> inspectors are har at work throughout the district rounding up thousands of rental housing violations at smaller apartment buildings all around town. they are releasing the results of about five months of inspecting. city officials say they have been to almost 320 apartment
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complexes both large and small in all eight wards. they say they found more than 5,000 housing code violations, including things like broken doors and busted furnaces. mayor fenty said one of the finding was potentially fatal. >> deadly carbon monoxide levels that could kill people. >> officials hope the have every multifamily rental property in the city inspected over the next three years. renters can request inspections by calling 311. the wizards in a shootout with the top team in the league. dan hellie has this morning's "sports minute." >> good morning, everybody. "sports minute" starts with the wizards. saunders hopes a few days of rest will light a fire under his team. the celtics not the best slump buster.
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the wiz fell flat in the second quarter, outscored by 15 in t frame. and amazingly did not grab a single rebound. 21 points from rondo helped steve a come back. the wizards drop 7-13 after losing 104-102. it looks like the redskins could be luck without two of their best defensive. hanesworth told reporter he doesn't plan to play. deangelo hall still recovering from a knee injury. oakland not an easy place to play. they have already beaten the eagles and the bengals at home. kickf set for 4:05 eastern. thursday night football browns hosting the steelers in the second quarter cleveland rookie running back chris jenkins finds the concern and then he finds the end zone. give him six. the first touchdown of hi career. it the browns first rushing
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touchdown all season. and it was more than enough as the browns knock off the steelers 13-6. the steelers are in a serious downward spiral. that's your "sports minute." i'm dan hellie. everybody have a great friday. >> we have some school delays to tell you about right now. in garrett county in maryland, in several counties in west virginia. >> west virginia where you got mineral county. we add to that grant county west virginia and pendel county, west virginia. all of those schools opening two hours late today. >> let's check in with tom kierein. clear sky and frigid temperatures on this friday morning coldest morning of the season so far. down into the mid-20s in washington and nearby suburbs near 20 further west and north and mid-to-upper 20s near the bay. winds gusng 20 to 25. the current wind chills are in the teens and even single digits
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further west and north and view from space showing a clear sky here few streaks of cloudiness passing over the northern neck and lower bay. a windy day on the way. afternoon highs mid-to-upper s. winds diminish under a clear sky. increasing clouds on saturday. could get a light accumulation of light snow and sleet sunday morning changing to rain during the afternoon before ending sunday night. how is the traffic? >> we'll start with information just coming in. gw parkway northbound near route 198 serious accident northbound lanes of the gw parkway are closed. possibly southbound. this happened a couple of minutes ago. headed for downtown? doing fine, south capital street to the douglas bridge. let's head on over and see what's going on. out on the rails so far, metro rail and vre are fine. penn line rain 401 eight minutes behind schedule. barbara and joe, back to you.
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5:22. ahead new information just released about those five local men being held in pakistan. >> what investigators say will likely happen to them. also a reality tv star reprimand, what a local judge told jon gosselin to sto doing. >> and what drugs could be a big help in the fight against breast cancer.
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gettysburg garg. in news for your health this morning a new weapon against cancer in an unexpected place. drugs that protect women against bone loss may protect against breast cancer. that's the word from researchers at a breast cancer meeting in san antonio. they stew did a class of drugs which include bonivia and others. whom cut those medications cut their risk of breast cancer by 32%. the findings need more study. you won't see much more of jon gosselin in the news because a montgomery judge ruled that the tv personality needs to stop making media appearance. the star of "jon and kate plus eight" showed up yesterday. they claim he violated his contract by making unauthorized media appearance.
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he's now counter suing claiming tlc broke child labor laws when filming his eight children. our time right now is 5:26. to cross or not dros >> that's the question facing people trying traverse a major commuter road. why an effort to help them has drivers hopping mad. a new mystery at the same yale university lab that was the scene of a murder. this is the biggest chill we've had since last winter.
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. good morning. welcome to "news4 today." this is what it looks like outside. a deep freeze, a bit of blast of cold air that will hit you as soon as you step outside this morning. we'll tell you how much further the temperatures will fall. welcome to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm barbara harrison. it's a frigid friday, december 11, 2009. take a look outside. you can't tell how cold it is. if you saw faces of people trying to move around out there you would know it is cold. >> all i can say is brrr. >> you said it, man. >> that's what everybody is saying when they step out the door this morning. we got temperatures down in the mid-20s here in washington. western and northern suburbs near 20. eastern suburbs the mid-20s. winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per
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hour. as a result the wind chills have plummeted down into the teens. that's what the air feels like. layer up with your warmest winter gear. if you're standing outside for a length ever time. here's a view from space. clear start. starlet sky for the next couple of hours, sunrise is a little less than two hours away. by mid-morning mid-to-upper 20s. below freezing through much of the morning and winds will be blustery all the way into mid-afternoon. sunrise this morning 7:17. by noon we ought to be above freezing. and briefly get to the mid-to-upper 30s. then back down to freezing after sunset. sunset at 4:46. down in the 20s by midnight under a clear sky. tomorrow morning the wind will diminish overnight the temperatures tomorrow morning teens to near 20 degrees. sunrise on saturday 7:17 with a clear start to the day tomorrow. cold morning. clouds on the increase during the afternoon.
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highs reaching near 40. might get a light accumulation of snow and sleet on sun morning changing to rain before ending on sunday evening. now traffic on this frigid friday, jerry, how is it looking? >> into town, doing fine so far. south capital street, the anacostia bridges no worry. gw parkway at route 198, serious one car accident. details just coming in. northbound lanes of the baltimore-washington parkway will be closed for a while. so we'll get you updated on that. southbound at the moment the lanes are open out of laurel. let's see how we're doing at the woodrow wilson bridge. so far okay. a little drop in speeds on your approach to the bridge. quick check around the rails. metro rail doing okay. vre train 300 ten minutes getting out of the station this morning. marc rail penn line 401 eight
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minutes behind schedule. it could be luck another rough morning for commuters in d.c. today. it was supposed to make things safer forepedestrians at new york and bladensburg road. but caused some massive headaches for drivers. tracee wilkins joins us live with more on v adopt's solution to the problem. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. yes, going to be a rough commute just because it's always nasty coming down new york avenue. but the issues folks were having earlier this week with lights may ve been focused. we have 14 lanes of traffic here at bladensburg and new york avenue. it's one of the most congested areas in the city. but there was a backup back to 50 and bw parkway. a little unusual. d.c.'s department of transportation changed the signals to allow pedestrians more time to cross new york avenue but having to wait to get all the way across. now that's not safe on a road where the speeds can sometimes
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go beyond the 40 miles per hour speed limit. folks come down here at 50 plus. allowing more time for pedestrians meant less time for commuters. so yesterday vdot changed the timing back. but oicials are still saying something is going to have to give aft some point. they have to get these pedestrians all the way across new york avenue before the signal changes back. but for now commuters should not have any issues coming through this portion of northeast. in northeast, i'm tracee wilkins. back to you. >> we have breaking news in the case of those five local men arrested in pakistan. this morning the associated press reports pakistani police say they are likely to be deported. no word on when that might happen, though. according to pakistani officials the men wanted to battle u.s. troops in afghanistan and die as martyrs. investigators say that ramy zamzam a dental student at howard university was the ring leader. another one of the men graduated just last year from jeb stewart
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high school in falls church. officials believe the men used youtube to exchange emails with somebody in pakistan to connect them with militants. they were turned away because they had no training or references. >> they were here for jihad. so we support that they were here for some bad activities. >> once again pakistani police say the men will likely be deported to face trial. crisis counselors will spend a second day on the woodbridge campus of northern virginia community college today. they are trying to help students cope after an on campus shooting there. police say 20-year-old jason hamilton walked into a classom on tuesday and fired two shots. they think he just bought trifl at dick's sporting goods. it jammed and no one was injured. hamilton was arrested and is being healed without bond. police say he was upset about his grades in a math class. a lab technician is missing
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from yale university this morning. he worked in the very same building where a student was found strangled three months ago. john denolo has not been seen for four days. police are traerting this as a missing person's case not as a criminal investigation. yale's newspaper reports that he worked in the very same building where the body of a 24-year-old woman was found stuffed in a wall back in september. police say the cases are not related. much of the country continues to deal with the aftermath of a powerful winter storm. some spots are bracing for more snow. particularly bad in the midwest, 19 inches of snow prompted wisconsin's governor to close state offices for the day. blizzard warnings are still in effect in grand rapids, michigan where more than 100,000 homes and buildings are without power. heavy winds andnow in buffalo, new york have made some roads there impassable.
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>> our time right now is 5:36. ahead which local high school lands at the top of a quite prestigious list that of america's best schools. plus boat buyers will have a new place to shop. where a popular warehouse store is planning to build. >> a sponsor cutting back on tiger where another mistress is ready to talk. >> what led to gunfire out at dulles airport. i must have the wrong house.
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traffic. good morning on this frigid friday morning. temperatures the coldest they have been this season so far. down in the 20s all around the region now. just 26 at washington. in the low and mid-20s in montgomery, fairfax, prince george's and arlington counties. further west and north just near 20 degrees to the upper teens in the shenandoah valley. weather watchers around the bay and northern neck maybe the first freeze of the season for many folks down that way. a lot of frost around too. temperatures all around the region with gusty wind causing the wind chills down in the teens. we'll have these winds blustery throughout the day. sunday this morning under a clear skies. highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. another cold day tomorrow with increasing clouds. light accumulation of snow and sleet sunday morning changing to a cold rain sunday afternoon. jerry, how is the traffic >> a serious situation developing, we're following breaking news in laurel, maryland. northbound lanes of the
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baltimore-washington parkway are now closed. a very serious crash north on bw parkway at route 198 and laurel. folks headed northbound from the beltway headed towards laurel will be taken off of route 197, go up to 32, cutback and continue. at the moment southbound lanes on the bw parkway are repord open but, again, there's going to be an issue with potential rubber necking. northbound bw parkway will be closed. elsewhere, the rush hour gets understand way word of a broken down vehicle on 270 southbound near 370 in gaithersburg. authorities headed over there to investigate that. that's about it for the moment. that's how we're doing. barbara and joe we're getting busy. our time right now is 5:41. she's lucky to be alive and she's not the only one. >> a local whom survived a terrible wreck brings home the other survivor her newborn baby
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boy. we'll tell you who she wants her young son to meet. >> shots ring out at dulles airport in the cargo area. what happened? >> perhaps you noticed this holiday season a change at the checkout. why one e
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our time right now 5:44. here's a look at our top stories. vdot crews are trying to fix a new traffic signal on new york avenue. there were heavy delays yesterday after vdot installed a new pedestrian signal at bladensburg road in northeast. the green lights were shorter slowing down cars in the area. transportation officials say they are looking for the right signal timing. president obama is headed home today with the nobel peace prize. he received that prestigious award yesterday in oslo, norway. mr. obama is the fourth american president to win the award and the 21st american. now it's back to work for the president in assuring his health care reform plan passes is at
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the top of his agenda. police say five men from our area who were arrested in pakistan had tried to contact militant groups via youtube and other websites. the young muslim men wanted to battle u.s. troops in afghanistan and die as martyrs. the man believed to be the ring leader, ramy zamzam was a dental student at howard university. the violent winter storm is being blamed for more than a dozen deaths. heavy snow blankets about two-thirds of the country. some spots are bracing for more snow. residents in the upper midwest are dealing with bitter cold temperatures that feel like minus 25. in michigan more than 100,000 homes and buildings are without power. with the holiday shopping in full swing now malls and shops are packed with customers but as you go from store to store will you find customer service? >> i just think customer service is kind of a dying art. >> reporter: in san diego state
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professor michael bell says the customers are feeling it. >> think it's terrible. >> reporter: terrible that shoppers feel like a burden when they walk into a mall or a department store. what gives in the professor says you can blame the economy. >> people who are working are saying look i'm not getting raises. i'm frustrated. i'll do the bare amount i have to do. >> do you think the customer service is as good today as it used to be? >> no. >> it's hurry up and wait. they have no desire to make you feel important while you're at the counter. >> don't think people care as much any more. >> customer service probably is deteriorating over time. >> reporter: not just about unhappy workers, it's also about sales. happy and helpful employees can make a company more money. >> this is a time where stores should be increasing customer service, being more responsive to consumers and saying look i know it's a hard time but i'm going to try to get your
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business by providing you good customer service. >> reporter: while the professor is convinced customer service not what it used to be not everybody agrees. >> i'm happy with the customer service i receive. >> service has stepped up because people are trying to get your dollar. >> it's coming back a little bit. >> reporter: coming back when customers need at any time most. seems stores and shoppers would both like to see the dying art of customer service get a second life. now to the latest on the swine flu. cdc releasing new numbers. swine flu infected nearly 15 million americans and killed nearly 10,000. that means approximately one in six americans have had h1n1. 200,000 of those have been hospitalized. those fundamentals are from the first swine flu outbreak from april to mid-november and that's
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the same number that occurs normally in an entire flu season. officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated in case of a third wave. tiger woods. some people wder whether his scandal has cost him support from another sponsor. a swiss watch company pulled posters from the golfer from 100 stores in australia. woods reputation has taken a hit after numerous affair allegations. however, it's denied it is responding to the scandal. he said the watch company is changing their ad campaign. we could learn more about the allegations about woods on "the today show." there will be an exclusive interview with one of the supposed mistresses. that's on "the today show" at 7:00 this morng. in the midst of a recession drivers in d.c. and montgomery county are feeling the pinch of the law and the pinch in the wallet as speed cameras pull in revenue for municipalities.
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$52 million were collected. speed cameras caught half a million drivers in d.c. alone. montgomery county expects to get nearly $30 million from its speed camera program next year. several other maryland communities now have plans to put speed cameras near work and school zones. opposite sex dorm rooms are some people call it a gender neutral housing at about 50 universities across the country. one local student wants to bring the controversial policy to geor washington hospital. michael cuoma president of a gay and lesbian rights group wants to into duce a gender neutral bill. it is in tune with the anybody needs of the gay and lesbian population. if the bill is approved, it still would have to gohrough several other committees as well as the president's office and board of trustees. a recent decision to allow
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holiday decorations at loudoun county courthouse has opened up a whole host of issues. the board of supervisors held a meeting last night to talk about the policy change that opened the grounds to all displace. since then the county has received a number of requests including things such as adding a poster mocking the federal government and a banner proclaiming there's no god or heaven. the board has to approve the displays before allowing them to be placed on the courthouse grounds. we want to tell you about some school delays right now. mineral county, west virginia, schools will be on a two hour delay as will grant county, west virginia. pendel county. >> hanukkah begins tonight at sundown. the menorah will be lit on
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sunday evening. let's find out about our weather, we're approaching 5:51. a lot of those schools closing because of ice. >> anything that was stilley quid from the rain the other day did freeze solid. in the mountains they are dealing with snow delays because of snow. in the mountains of west virginia and maryland here it's clear. there's the clear sky over the potomac river. ronald reagan washington national airport, and the weather is a frigid 26 degrees. low 20s in fairfax, montgomery county. further north and west 20 degrees. look at the wind chills. winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. wind chills down into the teens and even single digits further west and north. off to a clear start this morning, just few streaks of high cloudiness moving over the lower part of the chesapeake bay. yesterday morning i visited a
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middle school in bethesda and talked to the students about weather and what my job is like and what tornadoes are all about and they asked a lot of questions about thunderstorms and lightning and snow. everybody wanted to know about that. had a great time there. the bus stop forecast for the school buses coming in, yes, dress warmly this morning, several layers. stay comfortable. bright and sunny morning, will stay below freezing through mid-morning. sunrise at 7:17. by the afternoon highs reaching mid-to-upper 30s. clear tonight. by dawn on saturday down to near 20 degrees. saturday afternoon increasing clouds with highs around 40s. by the time you wake up sunday morning a light accumulation of some snow and sleet, a combination of that mainly just west and north of washington. maybe a little bit of sleet and light freezing rain around washington, points south and east rain. by the afternoon the entire region it looks like we'll have it all changed to a cold rain with highs reaching near0
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degrees and all that precipation on sunday should end by sunday evening. then monday back to work and school. we should have a partly cloudy day and miler with highs reaching near 50 degrees and then monday night and into tuesday clouds return, and the next chance of precipitation on tuesday looks like rain. should be too warm for snow, sleet or freezing rain. then getting cold again wednesday into thursday next week. jerry, how is the traffic >> big problems. we're following breaking news. prince george's county heading up to anne arundel county on the baltimore-washington parkway, serious crash, northbound on the bw parkway at route 198. authorities have closed all lanes and are now diverting traffic northbound on the bw parkway on to route 197. you can get back on at route 32 and connorthbound. at last check southbound lanes were open. let's head over and see how we're doing. the trip along the 395-95 corridor in virginia is doing
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fine. metro no delays. vre fredericksburg train 30020 minutes behind schedule. marc penn 503, 14 minutes late. the local school tops the u.s. news and world reports list of america's best high school. thomas jefferson high school for science and technology in alexandria took the very top spot. the school is design to challenge kids and offer classes like neurology and quantum physics. langley high school in mclean. california leads the way with 110 high schools recognized by the magazine. pretty soon d.c. residents will not have to hike out to virginia or maryland to stop at a costco. the warehouse club chain is heading to northeast washington. costco's supposed site is at new york and south dakota avenues in the fort lincoln neighborhood. d.c. council considered
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legislation for granting financing next month. the developers are looking for more funding for parking in the area. police were forced to shoot and kill two dogs who got into a fight in the cargo area of dulles airport. it's far way from any passengers. the owner of the pit bulldogs planned to ship them on an overnight flight to korea. one of the dogs broke out of its crate and tried to attack the other one. >> our office employ every means possible to sub due this fight. it was very aggressive. use of deadly force was employed because it was a last resort and to protect the safety of the airline workers that work here. >> questions were raised about whether the dogs were properly cated. sade davis was considered dead after her car fell into a
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creek back in october. >> somehow she was brought back to life and yesterday she brought her newborn baby home. some would say there's no better proof that miracles do, in fact, occur. >> reporter: sade davis says she owes everything to the clinton volunteer fire department and she's looking forward to them meeting her son. like most first time moms, sade davis can't help but gush. >> this is jaden christian aaron. >> reporter: he's only one half of what his mother calls a christmas miracle. the duo technically died back in mid-october. >> when i saw the car and went and got the stuff out of the car it was just like -- i knew it was a miracle. no way she could have gotten out of that car alive. >> reporter: then pregnant sade davis was driving along temple
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hills road and slipped her car into a creek. simpson spotted her car and called them over. she wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse. clinton firefighters and medics brought her back to life. >> it's truly a blessing because a lot of people didn't think thieves going to make it, so glad to have them home. >> reporter: the family met the rescuers, even spent thanksgiving with them. after delivering jaden, sade davis stopped at the spot where the christmas miracle happened. >> the accident scene was still there with the tape and barricades up. i looked at him and at the road. if i had to do it all over again, i would do it all over again. he's all that matters. >> reporter: davis delivered jaden at washington hospital center the same place where she was treated for her accident injuries. in prince george's county, elaine reyes. >> the white house party
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arctic chill. you're waking up to the coldest morning of the season so far. temperatures tumbled overnight. your weather on the 1s just seconds away. mixed signals. timing of traffic lights is creating commuter chaos. find out if the problem has improv at all this morning. a very good morning to all of you. it's friday and i'm barbara harrison. >> good morning to you i'm joe krebs on this friday, december 11, 2009. we have three school delays to tell you about this morning. garrett county, maryland along with grant and mineral counties in west virginia opening two hours late. we also understand pendelton county is opening two hours
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late. >> they are getting snow showers out in the mountains right now, actually cold arctic air passing over the great lakes sending snow showers into western maryland, parts of west virginia. so some school delays there. it's frigid out there. weather watcher out in garrett county reporting 10 degrees out there at the savage river lodge. a frigid night there. picked up a fresh inch or two of snow overnight there. closer to washington low to mid-20s. temperature now 25 degrees in washington. weather watchers around the shenandoah valley and blue ridge reporting upper teens. winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. wind chills are down into the teens here in washington. 17 degree wind chills. so layer up if youe going to be standing there at the bus stop for at that length of time this morning you'll need it. we have mostly clear skies starting off this friday morning, lots of sun today. highs reaching mid-to-upper 30s. winds blustery throughout the day but settling down tonight under a clear sky. temperatures will plummet tomorrow morning down in the
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teens to near 20 by dawn. increasing clouds. light accumulation of snow and sleet on sunday morning changing to rn before ending sunday evening. jerry, how is the traffic >> we're following the breaking news up in laurel, maryland. chopper 4 just arrived on the scene this was single car accident. the accident we've been reporting on. pictures northbound, baltimore-washington parkway is closed at route 198 in laurel. there was a single car accident that occurred within the hour. right now authorities have the northbound lanes as can you see from chopper 4 live over the scene northbound is completely closed. folks headed north on the bw parkway will be forced off of route 197. head on up to route 32. take route 32 back to the northbound parkway and continue on. southbound lanes are open again but northbound if you're going up to bwi forget about it, go i-95 to 195 if you're going the airport. northbound, bw parkway is
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closed, traffic die university off at route 197, go up to 32, back on northbound, southbound lanes are open. chopper 4 will remain on the scene and we'll keep you updated on this very serious crash. authorities will be on the scene for a while. i 270 southbound near gaithersburg, authorities are on the scene dealing with that. joe? >> thanks. this morning your commute could be a little smoother if you use the new york avenue corridor. yesterday traffic backed up for miles because avenue pedestrian signal at bladensburg road in northeast. the problem, green lights lasted for a shorter time than usual. vdot made some adjustments. we'll see how they work over the next few hours. traffic on the outer loop in beltway in prince george's county is moving a lot easier this morning after a lumber truck lost its load during the evening rush hour north of pennsylvania avenue. take a look at this mess. look at that. i want caused traffic to back up for several hours as you might
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imagine. we'll take a look at some close up pictures snapped at the scene. the lumber caused the cab of the truck to actually collapse and trapping the driver. the driver, though, of not injured. whites ferry remains close this morning after another logjam. this one literal for commuters. last night a large log blocked the ferry during the evening rush hour. firefighters say that's not particularly unusual when the heavy rains hit the potomac river. those high rers means the ferry will not be operating today. breaking news. pakistani police say the five men from our area who were arrested over alleged terror links will likely be deported. no word when that will happen. the men told pakistani officials they wanted to battle u.s. troops and die as martyrs. ramy zamzam was the ring leader. another one of the men graduated last year from jeb stewart high
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school. we spoke with a leader of a mosque he said if the men were making a plan they were not brainwashed by an american mosque. >> i don't believe anyone in our community has led these young people to their radical, at least ideas. >> officials believe the men used youtube to exchange emails with someone in pakistan to offered to connect them with militants but they were turned away because they had no training and no references. new today a terrorist leader kinld pakistan. officials say a top al qaeda operative died during a drone attack in the western part of the country. the government is not naming the target of the attack but it was not osama bin laden or his second in command. a teenager is charged in the brutal beating of a west
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virginia university student from northern virginia. 20-year-old ryan diviney of ashburn was kicked and beaten by a grouch people outside of a convenience store off campus just last month. he suffered brain-damage. he remains hospitalized in a coma. morgan town police say 18-year-old austin vantrease of delaware was taken into custody yesterday. he's been charged with malicious assault. police have also issued an arrest a warrant for a second man. why police opened fire and killed a man in the middle of times square. >> the drug for women that's also found to fight breast cancer. >> your weather and traffic on the 1s are coming up next and breaking news for you too coming up on the bw parkway.
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. breaking news. northbound bw parkway shut wn right now. >> shut down because of a very bad accident. you can see the roadway blocked off, the part you can see is off to the right where a vehicle, there it is, that black spot on the grass. that vehicle ran right up the grass on the bw parkway and smashed into the bridge abutment. but the entire parkway is shut down northbound at this time. we'll continue to follow this because this is going cause some major, major traffic problems for folks going northbound on the bw parkway. a christmas tree only a town on a tight budget could love.
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look at that thing. officials in concord, california chose to decorate this sparse brown tree to save money. it's nicknamed the charlie brown christmas tree because it looks like the one from the peanuts cartoon. a full body tree would have cost $20,000. that's sad but happy at the same time. some say the tree remind them of the true meaning of christmas. let's talk about the seasonal weather we're having out there. probably not so seasonal? >> this is certainly much colder than average for this time the year. it's the coldest blast of the season so far. temperatures around the region down in the throw mid-20s around washington. further west and north weather watchers are reporting temperatures in the teens to 20 degrees. wind chills are down to the teens with winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. we're under a clear sky this morning. we'll have lots of sunshine. sunrise at 7:17. noon time above freezing.
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winds will diminish by sunset. under clear sky we'll plummet to 20 by dawn on saturday. increasing clouds on saturday. highs saturday afternoon near 40. cloudy saturday night and by dawn on sunday could have a little light snow and sleet. maybe a light accumulation. then it looks like it will change over to rain all around the region during the rest of the day before ending by sunday evening. highs on sunday near 40. warmer weather moves in on monday and into mid-week next week. jerry, how is the traffic? >> we continue to follow breaking news in laurel, maryland where chopper 4 is over the scene of this accident. it occurred shortly over an hour ago. northbound lanes of the baltimore-washington parkway, the accident occurred at this location, right now authorities are on the scene. this is the vehicle right there. it appears to have been traveling northbound, hit the bridge abutment. that's the vehicle that authorities will need to investigate. accident reconstruction crews are headed over there right now.
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the bottom line is the bw parkway northbound will be closed for a while. let me show you a map here, give you a good perspective. northbound bw parkway the accident scene here. authorities are taking commuters off the bw parkway on to route 197. go up to route 32, get back on and continue northbound. the southbound lanes of the parkway are open. if you nee to get up to the airport to bwi go i-95. don't think about the bw parkway. very busy morning. certainly is. coming up, a new study finds a new drug many women take also helps to protect women from breast cancer. >> the white house party crashers keep on faking it. this time to pay off a debt. >> what's now on president obama's agenda as he returns home wit
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our time right now is 6:14. updating our top stories, vdot says it has fixed a traffic signal problem that led to backups on new york avenue at bladensburg road in northeast washington. the green light was staying on for a much shorter time than usual. transportation officials say they figured out the right signal timing.
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police say five men from our area arrested in pakistan over alleged terrorist links will most likely be deported. the young muslim men admitted they wanted to battle u.s. troops in afghanistan andie as martyrs. the man believed to be the ring leader, ramy zamzam was a dental student at howard university. the violence winter storm is being blamed for more than a dozen death%. heavy snow blanketed as much as two-thirds of the country. some spots are bracing for more snow. residents in the upper midwest are dealing with bitter cold temperatures that feel like minus 25. in michigan more than 100,000 homes and buildings are without power. presidenobama is headed back to washington this morning. carrying with him the nobel peace prize. his acceptance speech in norway surprised many because the president defended america's right to wage war. brian mooar is live on capitol hill with that story. good morning, brian. >> reporter: the president tried
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to strike a very delicate balance here,efending america's right to strike back when attacked. >> reporter: president obama left norway for washington early this morning. but not before thanking the nobel committee one last time. >> as i indicated before no one was more surprised than me. >> reporter: in presenting the peace prize, the chief played down the president's credentials as a war time commander focusing on his power to unite. >> i told him afterwards that i thought it was an excellent speech and i was almost convinced that i deserved it. >> reporter: the president raised eyebrows on both sides of the atlantic as he defended this nation's right to wage a just war. >> i face the world as it is and cannot stand idle in face of threats to the american people. >> reporter: the president is right on.
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your miking the case for realism that we have to defend ourselves when we're attacked. >> fantastic speech. talking about the importance that america has in renewing its position of leadership after eight years of the previous administration. >> reporter: in norway, a tremendous outpouring of support for a peace prize winner who has some tough fights ahead back home. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. in one place there was surprisingly little reaction right here on capitol hill whe the focus remains on health care. a lot of people in the middle of times square got a scare. an officer shot and killed a suspected panhandler who opened fire on the police officer using a machine gun. this happened yesterday at tourists and holiday shoppers ducked for cover. the shootout is that terrified window of a theater ticket box where the "lion king" was playing. they say the suspect was a known
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scam artist who was also wanted on assault charges. no one else was injured during the shootout. a new weapon against breast cancer is an unexpected weapon. scientists say drugs that protect women against bone loss may protect against breast cancer. that's the word from researchers at a breast cancer meeting in san antonio. they stew did a class of drugs which include actonyl and others. women who took those medications cut their risks of invasive breast cancer by 32%. scientists are not sure why. in sports the wizards in a shootout with the top team in the league. dan hellie has this morning's "sports minute". >> good morning, everybody. "sports minute" starts with the wizards. saunders hopes a few days of rest will light a fire under his team. they have been underachieving all season long. the celtics not the best slump buster. the wiz fell flat in the second
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quarter, outscored by 15 in the frame. and amazingly did not grab a single rebound. 21 points from rondo helped the celtics steve off a wizards come back. the wizards drop to 7-13 after losing 104-102. it loo like the redskins could be without two of their best defensive players in oakland on sunday. hanesworth told reporters he doesn't plan to play. deangelo hall still recovering from a knee injury. redskins are a one-point favorite. oakland not an easy place to play. they have already beaten the eagles and the bgals at home. kickoff set for 4:05 eastern. thursday night football browns hosting the steelers in the second quarter cleveland rookie running back chris jenkins finds the corner and then finds the end zone. give him six. the first touchdown of his career.
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it's the browns first rushing touchdown all season. and it was more than enough as the browns knock off the steelers 13-6. the steelers are in a serious downward spiral. that's your "sports minute." i'm dan hellie. everybody have a great friday. just about 6:21. time again for traffic and weather on the 1z. >> let's start with tom kierein. >> it's the coldest morning of the season so far. this frigid friday morning. weather watchers checking in from takoma park to falls church, upper marlboro and montgomery village reporting temperatures only 20 degrees. closer to washington it's in the mid-20s as well as near the bay. further west and north weather watchers reporting temperatures in the teens. that's where the wind chills are. in the teens around washinon, single digits in some of the high spots further west and north. wind gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour. off to a clear start. we'll have plenty o sunshine today only warming to mid-to-upper 30s. winds diminish tonight understand a clear sky.
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20 tomorrow morning. a cloudy finish with a high near 40. light accumulation of snow and sleet possible sunday morning changing to all rain before it ends sunday afternoon. warming up on monday. we don't know how cold it is outside until we send megan mcgrath into the heart of this cold wind. >> reporter: it is cold out here. yes. i had to pull out the silly hat for today. the thermometer is showing about 18 degrees. we're here in bethesda. what that means is any areas that have moture, they are going to be frozen. we got quite a patch of ice going on here. we're at bradley and huntington parkway and there was some kind of a water leak here which went out on to the roadway. we had an accident a few minutes ago. somebody saw that ice too late, hit the brakes, skidded and took out a light a little bit further down on the rideway here. not injured but just a reminder of how cold it is and how slick it can be out in areas where
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there's water on the pavement. definitely bundle up. bundle up the kids. very, very cold. we have some developing traffic news. we continue to follow breaking news in laurel, maryland. northbound baltimore-washington parkway remains closed off. the accident occurred about an hour and 20 minutes or so ago. single car accident. right there. it appears the car was traveling northbound, went up the hill and hit the bridge abutment right there. authorities are on the scene. they called for investigators and they are going to be out there for a while, at least for the northbound side. the good news is southbound lanes are open. now let me show you a map very quickly and give you a perspective. leaving the beltway area up to laurel forced off the bw parkway to route 197. take that to 32. 32 back on the parkway northbound. southbound lanes are open. going up to bwi take i-95 to i
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195. that's your best bet. we'll keep you updated. >> thank you, jerry. our time is 6:22. still to come the white house party crashers try to pay off a debt with a fake watch. >> months after a yale student is found dead a lab technician in the same building is now missing. coming up at 6:45 why some say customer service is a thing of the past.
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. the couple accused of crashing the white house state dinner turned over a luxury watch to pay a $2,000 landscaping debt. but a watch expert is saying it's a fake. the salahis lawyer said the watch could be more than enough to cover the debt but the jeweller said it's worth about $100. the fake blink was not need a check was delivered to the front royal landscaper. a yale university lab technician is missing this morning and those on campus said he works in the very same building where a student was found strangled three months ago. john denolo hasn't been see for four days. police are treating this as a
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missing person's case. ackortding to yale's newspaper, he works in the same body where the body of a 24-year-old woman was found stuffed in a wall back in september. police say the would cases are not related. breaking news in the case of five local men detained in pakistan. breaking news on the baltimore-washington. an accident as the roadway northbound shut down. can you see traffic is really beginning to back up. we'll have your weather and traffic on the 1s
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breaking news. northbound bw parkway shut down. we have live team coverage to help up get around this mess out there. you're looking at live pictures right now. >> bone chilling cold. you're waking up to the coldest morning of the season so far as temperatures tumbled overnight and the cold weather is even having an affect out on the road weighs. your weather and traffic on the 1s seconds away. good morning. welcome back back to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm barbara harrison. glad you're up with us on this friday, december 11, 2009. we have three school delays to until about. garrett county, maryland along
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withravity county and mineral counties in west virginia. one other county, pendleton county. let's talk to tom kierein about what we can expect if you're heading out. >> they had lake-effect snows. here off to a clear start. one little streak of cloudiness off to our east over prince george's county in the bay. further to the east and anne arundel getting a few clouds this morning. elsewhere just cold. weather watchers reporting temperatures down though near 20 degrees. it's down just to near 20 in the nearby suburbs. wind chills, winds have diminished a little bit. they are around 15 to 25. that's still enough to bring wind chills down into the teen. feels like 17 in washingn now with that cold northerly wind, a biting wind. that wind does have long sharp teeth. off to a mostly clear start
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here. as the day progresses a gradual warm up. freezing by morning. blustery winds. clear, cold tonight near 20 by dawn tomorrow, increasing clouds saturday with a high near 40. could get a light accumulation of snow and sleet on sunday morning changing to rain before ending sunday evening. jerry, how is the traffic >> we're following breaking news chopper 4 over the scene of this serious accident where one person was killed. northbound lanes of baltimore-washington is closed. it occurred near route 198. chopper 4 is over the diversion point which is 197. as a matter of fact let me show you on the map where we're talking about. again, northbound bw parkway, the accident occurred at route 198. right now authorities are taking traffic off the northbound parkway to 197, going on up to route 32. get over to the parkway in that fashion. that will save you a little aggravation. use i-95 as an alternate route. tracee wilkins is on the scene
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and has more details on this serious crash. >> reporter: we just got finished talking to the police about what's happening. they believe this was a single car crash. one person behind the wheel lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the actual bridge there. now looks like a head on crash. the person was killed in this accident as you said. they are diverting traffic off the northbound lanes of bw parkway on to 197 and you're going to have to stay on that route to 32. that's where they will let you back on to the bw parkway. a bit of a mess. a major backup because this was accident. they will be out here most likely through the morning commute. prepare for that as you head out. tracee wilkins live this morning in laurel. back to you. thank you very much. if you take whites ferry to work you need to fine out route. it's closed this morning because of high and fast-moving water. last night high waters dislodged a massive log which blocked the ferry during the evening rush hours. passengers were strand on board
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for some time before finally making to it shore. firefighters say that's not unusual when heavy rains hit the potomac. new this morning pakistani police say five men from our arrested because of alleged links to terrorism will be deported. we received new pictures of these suspects. these mugshots showed up on pakistani television this morning. according to pakistani officials they wanted to battle u.s. troops in afghanistan and they wanted to die as martyrs. investigators say that ramy zamzam a dental student at howard univeity was the ring leader. another one othe men grad dicted last year from jeb stewart high school last year. they were turned away because they had no training and no references. they were here for jihad.
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so we support that they were here for some bad activities. >> families of the men contacted the fbi last week after one of the men left behind a video with a farewell message saying muslims must be defended. a grandfather is shot to dint landover and police say his own grandson pulled the trigger before turning the gun on himself. it happened yesterday on kilmer street near landover road. officer found the two men after responding to a welfare check. the 23-year-old grandson survived the shooting but remains in critical condition. investigators are not saying what the grandson's motiveay have been. a scare at dulles airport, but it did not involve any airplanes. two dogs described as pit bulls began fighting each other in the cargo area. police say the fight got so bad it was endangering the lives of workers in the area. that's when officer shot and killed both animals.
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questions were raised whether the dogs were properly crated. police decided not to press any charges against the dog's owner. our time is 6:35. 25 degrees out there. costco makes two big announcements, it is coming to d.c. and once again start selling an american classic. plus weeks after an expectant mother was found unconscious under water because of a terrible accident, she brings her newborn daughter home. >> and a major shake up in management at metro could happen as early as today. and we're off to a freezing cold start. weather and traffic c a.
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we continue to follow breaking news this morning. northbound bw parkway shutdown. >> you're looking at a live picture of the vehicle that ran off the road, up the grassy slope there right into the bridge abutment. a fatal accident there northbound on the baltimore-washington. it is shu down right now. we'll have more on that coming up in just a moment. we'll check weather and traffic. weather, wow, it is cold out there. we have a frigid start to the weekend, tom kierein. some icy patches around.
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a few water main breaks. anything wet is frozen solid this morning. most of the roadways are dry and frigid. temperatures in the low 20s to mid-20s. few teens around shenandoah valley. anacostia to fort washington, poolesville and mclean. wind chills down in the teens this morning. thank you for check in. under a clear sky, we'll have lots of sun this morning. a few clouds by mid-afternoon. highs reaching to mid-to-upper 30s. clear, calm winds tonight thankfully and bottoming out to near 20 tomorrow morning. saturday increase clouds after a sunny art. cloudy saturday night and by dawn on sunday we may have a little light snow and sleet accumulation. should chae over to a cold rain by late morning and into the afternoon so much of it will be melting off. highs near 40 sunday afternoon. precipitation ending by sun evening. monday partly cloudy, bit milder. rain on tuesday. dry and cold weather for returning back into wednesday and thursday.
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now jerry, how is the traffic? >> northbound baltimore-washington parkway does remain closed down. the accident occurred earlier this morning at 198n laurel. the vehicle up the hill there just a bit hit the bridge abutment and authorities remain on the scene, obviously, beginning their investigation which could take a while. here's the bottom line. northbound bw parkway all traffic will be diverted off at route 197. if you get on from route 132 north you'll get on after the accident scene. southbound your lanes are open from 32 through laurel down to the beltway to riverdale. virginia haven't forgotten you about. slow morning along i-95 as you drive north from prince william parkway. no incidents to report here. >> thank you, jerry. a terrible wreck ends with a miracle. we'll introduce you to a local mom and her newborn who share an incredible story of survival. >> president obama returns from
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norway with the nobel peace prize in hands. why his acceptance speech surprised some people. >> you may find some great gifts in store this holiday season but one expert says there's something else that's missing. that
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. with holiday shopping in fuel swing malls and shops are parked with customers. but as you go from store to store will you find gd customer service. bob hansen has more. >> just think customer service is kind of a dying art. >> reporter: in san diego state professor michael belt say customers are feeling it. >> think it's terrible. >> reporter: terrible that shoppers feel like a burden when they walk into a mall or department store. what gives? the professor says you can blame the economy. >> people who are working are saying look i'm not getting raises, i'm getting frustrated. i'll do the bare minimum i have to do. >> reporter: do you think customer service is as good today as it was yesterday? >> no. they want you to hurry up. they have no desire to make you feel important while you're at
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the counter. >> i don't think people care as much any re. >> customer service probably is deteriorating over time. >> reporter: it's not just about unhappy workers, it's also about sales. happy and helpful employees can make a company more money. >> this is a time where stores should be increasing customer service, being more responsive to consumers and saying look i know it's a hard time but i'm going to try to get your business by providing you with good customer service and i don't see that happening. >> reporter: while the professor is convinced customer service isn't what it used to be. not everybody agrees. >> i think service has stepped up because people are trying to get your dollar. >> reporter: coming back when customers need at any time most. seems stores and shoppers would both like to see the dyeing art of dumpl service get a second life. >> that was bob hansen reporting. customer service is not just an issue at stores it's an issue on
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the telephone as well. a consumer report survey ranked cell phone companies at the top of the list, verizon at the bottom, at & t. metro may be riding towards new management after one senator gets critical of the troubled transit system and those changes could happen as early as today. maryland senator barbara my cull ski testified about the poor oversight of the washington's metro system. she said she had no confidence in metro and noted 11 people have died on me troin one year. the chairman tells "the washington post" the transit agency will soon announce a reorganization and substantial management changes. district inspectors are cracking down on thousands of rental housing violations at apartment buildings all around down. the crackdown began last june. city officials said they inspected 320 apartment complexes in all eight wards. they found more than 5,000
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housing code violations including broken doors and busted furnaces. mayor fenty says some of the findings were very dangerous including dangerous carbon monoxide levels. back to work for president obama today. he's headed back to washington this morning, carrying with him the nobel peace prize. during president obama's acceptance speech he acknowledged that the honor comes very early on in his career as an international leader. the president raised eyebrows on both sides of the atlantic as he defended his nation' right to wage a just whatever. >> i face the world as it is and cannot stand idle in face of threats to the american people. >> reporter: the president is right on. you're making the case for realism that we have to defend ourselves when we're attacked. >> president obama is th fourth u.s. president to receive the prestigious award and the 21st american. he obama administration
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wants to use bailout money to help some of the little guys. cnbc's courtney reagan joins us now with more on that story. good morning. >> everyone remembers that $700 billion. t.a.r.p. program. now the obama administration is planning to funnel some of that money or that t.a.r.p. program to help small businesses. "the washington post" says the white house is considering one idea to give mey to banks without restrictions as long as the funds goes towards small business loans. another plan would be to ask congress to modify t.a.r.p. easing pay limits and restrictions that would be imposed on lenders. and new rulings for second highest tier employees from companies that still are getting bailouts. coke is in again at costco. the two companies resolved a
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pricing despute. looks like it's all behind them now. back to you. >> thanks very much. have a great day and a great weekend. thanks very much. we have more big news involving costco this morning. it's coming to fort lincoln neighborho in northeast d.c. the warehouse clubs said new york and south dakota avenues. the d.c. council could consider legislation for granting financing for that store next 0 month. councilman brown said it could revitalize the neighborhood. he expects costo to break ground next year. once costco is up and running city officials expect to attract more big retailers to other neighborhoods. this morning, people in many parts of the country are digging themselves out of heavy snow. the violent storm is already beinblamed for more than a dozen deaths. in the upper midwest several
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feet of snow and more expected to come. in michigan more than 100,000 homes and buildings lost power. while we're not dealing with those kinds of problems here it is still very, very cold outside so be sure to bundle up before you head out the door this morning. be careful on the roadways. megan mcgrath joins us from bethesda and has more on that. i encountered some ice quite a bit on the road. how about you? >> reporter: yeah. we've seen quite a bit of ice out here this morning. when you have temperatures this cold you have the problem with freezing. according to my thermometer here we're about 18 degrees where we are. the ground i'm standing on is completely frozen. we're right in front of a very slick icy patch. you can see from this video that we're talking about on bradley boulevard at huntington parkway. they have a -- >> we probably lot of megan mcgrath's audio. you can, indeed see the ice on the roadways. be careful or you'll end up like
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this. bad accident around the area. >> we'll talk about the area right now. let's talk to tom kierein as we approach 6:51. >> it will stay below freezing for another three or four hours and probably gets some of that ice due to water mains breaking and leaking water out faint looks like it's wet it's not wet it's ice and there is the potomac river which is still warm enough to not be freezing yet but the air is well below freezing. reagan national pre-dawn 25 degrees. other temperatures. weather watchers reporting a biting cold wind this morning. it's down to just in the low to mid 20s in montgomery, fairfax, prince george's counties and megan mcgrath says it's down to 18 on thermometer. upper teens to near 20 elsewhere north and west of washington. south and east upper 20s to near 30s. now we've had winds gusting to around 20 to 25 miles per hour. they diminished a little bit here as we approach dawn. as a result we still have temperatures, the wind chills, only in the teens, feels like
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just 17 degrees in washington right now. so definitely layer up as you're heading out this morning. and we're off to a clear start and here's where i was yesterday, i visited an elementary school in bethesda. i want to thank the teacher for inviting me. had a terrific time. talked to over 300 students about weather and all kinds of different parts about the weather and the information about it and they asked me some great questions and i had a terrific time. one of the smaller schools in montgomery county. for today, for the bus stop, layer up. we'll still be below freezing for the next few hours. be in the 20s and the winds will still be blustery. bright sunshine. bright and sunny the rest of the day with highs reaching the upper 30s. winds will diminish under a clear sky. increasing clouds on saturday. sunday morning light accumulation of snow and sleet before we see i change over to a cold rain. highs near 40.
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that rain should end sunday night. warming up on monday and into tuesday, highs near 50 to upper 40s on tuesday. chance of rain on tuesday. cold again wednesday and thursday as we dry out. jerry, how is the traffic? >> chopper 4 remains over the scene as we follow this breaking news. the baltimore-washington parkway northbound remains closed to traffic at route 198 and laurel. serious crash occurred a couple of hours ago and can you not go any further on the bw parkway northbound and route 197 will be detoured off. get on from route 32 to north get off after the accident scene. uthbound is open. show you a map here very quickly. the accident is northbound at route 198. northbound traffic being diverted on to 197. take that 32. 32 on over back up northbound. if you're going up to the airport, it's friday, a lot of folks headed up to bwi. forget about bw parkway. i-95 to i-195.
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news 4 tracee wilkins remains on the scene and has the latest information on this serious accident. >> reporter: good morning. the u.s. park police are telling us this car was headed northbound on bw parkway. one person inside the vehicle, the driver and it appears at some point he lost control of his vehicle. as you can see here he ran right into the base of the bridge here. the bridge for 198. because of this as you said there's a detour from 197, the bowie exit and take you up and not let you back on the bw parkway until 32 and fort meade. they don't know why this car went off the roadway. fire officials by the car, they have to move that off the side of the road. the reason they have the northbound lan shut down here is because they are investigating to try and figure out exactly what happened here. this was reported around 5:00 a.m. to anne arundel police. u.s. capital police came down
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here to the scene. as you can see our investigators -- >> we apparently lost that video and audio from tracee wilkins talking about the situation on the baltimore-washington parkway, continues to be shut down. we'll follow it all morning long. more breaking news this morning to tell you about. we have these new pictures that's just been leased from the five men in our area arrested in pakistan. pakistani officials are saying those men will be deported according to pakistani officials the men wanted to battle u.s. troops in pakistan and die as martyrs. ramy zamzam a dental student at howard university was the rin leader. another one of the men dwrad dated last year from j stewart high school in falls chmp. officials believe the men used youtube to exchange emails with someone in pakistan who offered to connect them with militants. >> a prince george's county woman was not alone when
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something happened to her. she has two things to be thankful for. the local rescue workers that saved her life and her newborn son. sade davis almost lost her life and her newborn baby after the car flipped over. a good samaritan waved down crews. her pulse stopped but she was brought back to life. >> the accident scene is still there with te and barricades are up. i looked at him and the road and i was like -- if i had all over again, i would do it all over again. because he's all that matters. >> yes. sade davis brought her baby home for the first time yesterday. she said her baby jaden is a christmas miracle. >> what a gift. what a gift. let's get a look at our forecast now. >> coldest morning of the season so far. temperatures in the 20s. wind chills in the teens. we won warm up much.
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the winds will diminish and die down tonight. saturday starting off cold. warming up in the afternoon. sleet and snow on sunday morning. >> traffic is still terrible. chopper 4 remains over the scene. baltimore-washington parkway remains close. could be that way for a while. going to the airplane, i-95. >> that's "newstoday." thank you for starting your day with us. >> we hope you'll have a terrific day. great weekend. we'll see you on monday morning. we start at 4:55 a.m. see you then.
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